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Family Photographer London - at Kew

Posted in Family at 10:33 on 18/09/2017

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One of the most fantastic gifts you can give your children is photos of their childhood and, particularly, pictures with you in and this is where annual professional photo shoots come into their own. With the ubiquity of iPhones more and more of us take pictures each and every day. This is brilliant, I love how having a phone on me at all times means that I capture more moments, more memories. But I am sure I am not alone in only rarely printing those pictures. Also, for so many of us, there is one family member who takes the pictures and it’s lovely to make sure that everyone is in some of the photos. Many of my clients choose to have annual photo shoots to redress this balance, to ensure that everyone is in the pictures and, through albums and framed prints for the wall, make sure that the pictures are looked at every day and are preserved for the future.

Jennifer has arranged regular photo shoots for her family since Stella was three months old and I’m so pleased that I have been the family photographer for so long. After fifteen shoots I really feel I am part of the family and it’s always such great fun to visit the family, to have adventures together and to take pictures that everyone enjoys - the children particularly enjoy looking at their albums and Jennifer and Carlos always an album out on the coffee table for friends and family to look through.

In this session we visited beautiful Kew Gardens and spent a wonderful morning with the children, exploring the amazing gardens and taking pictures while everyone enjoyed themselves. We had amazing low light which made for such dramatic pictures. Using dramatic light takes experience and after fourteen years as a professional family photographer you can be sure that I can work with whatever the weather throws at us.

Annual photo shoots give us the opportunity to track year on year how children have grown and changed. I love looking back over a selection of images taken over the years and see what has changed and what remains the same - which expressions are there from the very beginning, a child’s smile, their laugh, and which poses and mannerisms are picked up over time, a mixture of home, friends, family and school and can lead to much hilarity for the adults. I know that, as the years pass these pictures become more and more important, looking back on the older shots is so interesting. I could, and do, spend hours enjoying photographs of my family that are framed all over my house and in the family albums that we all treasure, giving this gift to my clients is something I feel so lucky to do.

If you are thinking of starting to document your children’s lives in this way then today is a great time to start, there is no time like the present with the beautiful autumn weather it’s a lovely time to get out and about.

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Newborn and Family Portrait in North London

Posted in Just One at 14:47 on 16/09/2017

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I first met Elsa for a newborn photo shoot at the family home in North London when she was only a week old. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to visit the family twice more; for a brilliant photo shoot out at the park, a day to remember with Elsa and her parents when the family was still only three. Then, recently, I was so thrilled to go back again to meet baby Freddie and take his newborn portraits, pictures to document his early days and the excitement of his arrival into the family.

We had just as brilliant a morning; after a cup of coffee and a brief race around the kitchen on a tricycle designed for a two year old (I’m always one to enjoy a game even if my knees did cry in protest) I was ready to get to work and, knowing we it was going to rain later in the morning we started outside in the garden for some group shots and also to give Elsa a chance to calm down after our tricycle race and let off some steam. Working with toddlers and newborns is always great fun but always a challenge and I feel it’s so important to make sure the session is fun for the older child as it’s an extraordinary time for them with mammoth changes, all good but all taking a bit of getting used to.

Elsa was so excited to introduce me to her baby brother and insisted that I carried him and sat with her in her den behind the ‘monster barrier’ (necessary to keep her breakfast cheerios safe from any passing monsters) I knew the day was going to go well and it did, group shots outdoors and then a wonderful morning of indoor pictures, shots of the children individually and together, pictures of Freddie that record all the little details, his tiny toes, his delicate eyelashes, the details that will be so lovely to look back on when, even in a few weeks time, he will have grown so much.

Today’s just one is a picture that I took right at the end of the session and is a picture that harks back to one taken on Elsa’s North London newborn photography session. While I always approach each session as a new session, not repeating images from one to the next, it can be fun to carry an idea forward over the years, to see how the family grows and changes within the environment and how that early newborn peace and tranquility evolves to a wonderful and boisterous chaos, full of laughter and noise. I love this shot as it tells a story of how things are now with tiny Baby Freddie so calm and snuggly in his mother’s arms and Elsa, full of laughter and happiness ruling the roost and making sure Freddie learns how to sleep through a bit of noise.

It’s a picture that reminds us of the time that has passed and makes us curious as to the future, next time I visit it will probably be both children on their feet, laughing and shouting, full of fun and excitement as I take their photographs.

It was a brilliant day and there are so many lovely photographs that I will share soon. In the meantime, I hope you like today’s Just One from my recent newborn baby and family session in North London.

Newborn and Family Photography in Hampstead NW3 & NW5

Posted in Newborn at 16:30 on 15/09/2017

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I first met Lauren back in 2014 when I photographed her with baby Ethan on Hampstead Heath and at their beautiful home, a photo shoot that resulted in one of my all time favourite baby photographs. I was thrilled to visit the family again to welcome baby Cora and to take some stunning and stylish black and white newborn and family photographs at their Hampstead home and out on the heath, pictures that I know will be treasured by the family forever.

It was a lovely morning for our photo shoot and everyone was in a great mood. Ethan was so excited to introduce me to his baby sister and photographing them together in a really relaxed manner created such lovely photographs. I try to avoid posing as much as possible and certainly don’t bring props to my photo shoots, I love to see what the children will do with a little direction but without instructions - I never could have planned the pictures of Ethan counting baby Cora’s toes and they are some of my favourites from the whole shoot - the look of love and wonder on his face is a joy to behold.

Unposed documentary newborn baby and family photographs often result in pictures that are funny and, bringing a sense of humour to my photo shoots and my pictures, is something I love to do. It was so sweet when Ethan put the muslin over his sister, tucking her in with her own little blanket and then, picking it up again to drop over her face. It’s these little moments that are sure to make the children laugh as they get older.

As well as laughing, these stylish newborn photographs will also remind them of the love and tenderness, the way Ethan held his little sisters hand and kissed her head, a lovely moment between siblings in this Hampstead photo shoot.

It wasn’t just about the children though, as always I’m sure to get beautiful family portraits and shots of parents with their children as well as the stylish newborn portraits. These ‘mother and baby’ and ‘father and baby’ portraits show so much love and I know the family treasure them. We were also lucky enough that Lauren’s mum was visiting and I’m so pleased to have taken pictures of the children with their grandmother.

Towards the end of the morning we felt that some fresh air was in order and also we wanted to add to the variety of the photographs and so we headed out onto Hampstead Heath for some outdoor photographs. I love photographing newborns indoors but it’s also fun to get out, to really get a sense of the family on an excursion to the park and enjoying nature, stunning Hampstead Heath being one of the main reasons Lauren and Elliott had moved to the area.

We took some lovely portraits outside, using the environment to great effect and enjoying the creative opportunities offered by Hampstead Heath. It was a great photo shoot and I’m so pleased with the pictures. If this style of newborn and family photography appeals to you then do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you


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Chelsea and Battersea Family Photographer

Posted in Family at 14:43 on 12/09/2017

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I love how my job as a family photographer takes me all over London, in the past fourteen years I must have visited every park and Battersea remains a firm favourite, there is so much to do there. I was thrilled when Maria booked a family photo shoot at their Chelsea home that was to include a trip to Battersea Park.

Starting early as I always do - to get the best of the weather and also to photograph the children when they are well rested and at their best and brightest. We were up with the larks and among the first people in Battersea Park. It was a great day and we had such a good time. Svante loved exploring and, as he was just at that stage of able to pull himself up but not yet walking, I spent much of my time lying on the floor so I could get a perfect angle. One of my favourite shots is the picture of him on the steps of the bandstand, a perfectly symmetrical image (and with an adult just out of shot for safety, of course). I love the balance and harmony to this child portrait photograph and I think the use of black and white adds to its impact and power.

Svante loved playing with his parents, peek-a-boo and flying in the air being particular favourites. I loved incorporating the fantastic fountain in battersea into these pictures, London landmarks are such great elements to bring into family portrait photographs and Chelsea and Battersea have so many great locations.

While Svante had a nap in his buggy we headed home to the incredible flat in Chelsea wharf for some indoor pictures. I love to mix up indoor and outdoor photographs when I do family portrait sessions, having pictures taken in your own home is so important as these images will have so many memories attached to them. We had a lovely time doing all his favourite things, and the resulting set of images is a wonderful document of this time in his young life.

I hope you like this set of images from our family photo shoot in Chelsea and Battersea Park, if you would like to arrange your own session then do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

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Family Photography in South of France

Posted in Just One at 15:31 on 08/09/2017

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So, Nice was Nice!

A very hot day in the south of France made for one of my most memorable photo shoots this summer and I’m thrilled to be sharing a sneak peek with you today. Flying out of a rainy Heathrow and landing in Nice made such a wonderful change and it was wonderful to see Fran and James again, ten years after I had photographed their wedding with my husband Tom. We’ve done a number of family shoots and each one has been better than the last. Each time we’ve found amazing locations and had a brilliant time taking pictures, exploring, playing games and enjoying ourselves.

Looking at the images I don’t really know where to start when selecting a Just one - should it be one of the children - relaxing in the hammock - the kind of image that is everything that summer holidays should be? should it be feeding the goats or jumping in the pool? bright sunlight making for dramatic images, or the fun of splashing around, a natural pool meaning that the children could make their own water fountains spurting water high into the air. The options feel almost endless.

In the end I settled on this image from the beginning of the day when we ventured out to a nearby river for some family pictures. It was lovely and shady at the bottom of the valley and the giant rocks made for an idyllic setting for this family portrait. I love how the rocks frame the image and we get a feel for the bright sunlit day from the light reflecting on the leaves of the trees overhanging the river while the family remain in a beautiful area of soft diffuse light.

You get a feeling for the fleeting nature of this beautiful moment, Roker’s foot, stretching towards the riverr, keen to dip his toes in the cool water. You know it’s only a moment before a game will be afoot and everyone will be skimming stones and seeing who can get the most jumps or make the biggest splash. But for a moment, peace and calm and a beautiful family photo to remember this summer holiday in France.

It’s always such a pleasure to photograph in pastures new and I hope my first trip to the South of France will not be my last as I enjoy exploring Europe on children and family photography shoots. I can’t wait to see what next summer brings.

Oh, go on then, one from the pool...

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